AWDA Auckland West Dance Academy



There are over 80 dance classes available on a weekly basis in the following styles:

Pre-School Classes

Pre-School lessons are fun half hour classes for children from the age of two and a half, with the first lesson free. Classes incorporate lots of music Pre-School children will know. The class incorporates Jazz and Ballet moves and helps to develop co-ordination, musicality and confidence. Using props in the class also adds to the interest and excitement for the children. After the first lesson a concession card can be purchased for $30.00 which covers 5 lessons and is able to be used over a period of three months. A stamp is put on the card each time they attend. We have a fun relaxed mid-year Pre-School dance concert (for which there is an extra minimal cost for a costume which they get to keep), the children love the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends.

We offer pre-school classes on the following days:

Tuesday Friday Saturday
10.00am 9.00am
10.30am – 4 year olds only 3.30pm 10.30am
11.00am – 4 year olds only

Uniform – This class requires your best fairy dress, tutu, leotard, Spiderman suit, other creation or just a Tee and shorts. Pink or black dance shoes can be purchased from the dancewear shop in the office or they may have bare feet.

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Ballet is the best training for a dancer; it helps with posture, technique and confidence. The academy follows the BAL (Ballet Australasia Limited) syllabus and students work towards examinations, however not every child will enter for exams.

Beginners Ballet, Pre Primary, Primary and Grade 1 Ballet
1 x 45 minute class once a week.
Grade 2, 3 and 4 Ballet
2 x 45 minute classes per week, two lessons per week are required if they wish to continue to enter for exams.
Grade 5 Ballet
2 x 1 hour classes per week.
Pre Elementary to Advanced Ballet
2 x 1 hour 15 minute classes per week, exams may take one or two years of study depending on progress and ability.

Uniform – Blue BAL leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes, pointe shoes for senior ballet levels. All of the uniform is available to purchase in the dancewear shop in the office.

Males – White t-shirt, black tights, black ballet shoes.

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Jazz is the most popular form of dance in our studio it helps with flexibility, technique and versatility. Students in Modern Jazz learn the JDNZ (Jazz Dance New Zealand) syllabus and work towards examinations, however not every child will enter for exams. The Jazz syllabus covers a variety of dance styles including jazz, contemporary, modern ballet, hip hop, cabaret and soft shoe. Class length varies according to the age and grade that the dancer is in.

Beginners, Pre Junior Jazz
1 x 30 minute lesson once a week a fun introduction to Jazz.
Junior, Pre Grade, Grade 1, 2 Jazz
1 x 45 minute class once a week.
Grade 3 and 4 Jazz
1 x 1 hour class once a week.
Grade 5 to Advanced Jazz
1 x 1 hour 15 minute class once a week.

Many students choose to attend 2 Jazz classes per week to help prepare them for exams especially in the senior grades but that is not compulsory.

Uniform – our new uniform introduced in 2009 is now compulsory for all students.

Purple leotard, black Jazz shoes and once students have reached Grade 1 they will wear black/purple tights to be worn over the leotard. Full length tights are to be worn up to Pre Grade.

Males – A.W.D.A. t–shirt and shorts.

Optional extras also available i.e. summer shorts, singlet Top, dance bag. All of the uniform is available to purchase in the dancewear shop in the office.

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop helps to develop co-ordination, style and fitness. Students have the option to sit JDNZ Hip Hop medal tests and to perform onstage in the exam dance competition day.
All Hip Hop classes are 45 minutes except for Junior Bronze which is 30 minutes.

Uniform – A.W.D.A t–shirt, shorts and hip hop shoes. Please wear your dance shoes at the dance studio only.

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NZAMD Contemporary exams are available for students who have attained Grade 4 Jazz and/or Ballet.

Students have the option to sit JDNZ Lyrical medal tests. Classes are available to students who already have dance experience in Jazz or Ballet.

Uniform – Ballet or Jazz leotards are accepted in this class with footless or 3/4 tights. Lyrical shoes can be purchased through the dancewear shop in the office.

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Tap classes are held on Saturday, the academy follows the BAL (Ballet Australasia Limited) syllabus and students work towards examinations, however not every child will enter for exams.

Junior Tap – 1 x 30 minute lesson once a week a fun introduction to Tap.

Grade 3 to Advanced Tap – 1 x 45 minute class once a week.

Uniform – Blue BAL leotard and BAL shorts with full length tights. Tan Tap shoes are required but are not available for purchase at our dancewear shop.

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Body Conditioning/Technical Class

This is a half an hour class which is fantastic to improve flexibility, strength, fitness and dance technique, introduced in Term 4 2008 it has been very popular. It is $5 per casual class.
Saturday 11.45–12.15 – under 12 class.
Monday 6.30–7.00 – 12 years and over class.

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Competition Work

Competition Troupe

To be a member of a competition group it requires commitment to the Academy team. Troupe members practise weekly and are required to get a studio jacket for wearing to competitions as well as purchasing a one off costume per troupe dance. As well as competing in various Auckland Competitions throughout the year students have the option of travelling to Tauranga for July competition each year. This is a fantastic team building event which the students really enjoy. Fundraising is done to help keep costs at a minimum. There are also opportunities for performing out when we get invited to perform at various public events. Students also have the opportunity to dance at the Waitakere Christmas Festival in December. Fees are charged per term and due by the first lesson of term and include an entry fee cost.

Solo, duo, trio dance competition work

There is opportunity for solo, duo, trio competition work to be arranged between student and teacher. Students learn a dance choreographed for them; it requires a costume and regular private lessons. Private lessons are $25.00 for a half an hour lesson, if attending a duo or trio lesson the cost is divided between the students. If teacher is hiring another venue cost will be added onto lesson charge.

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Private Lessons

As well as for competition work, private lessons are available on grade work. Many students feel more confident entering into their examinations if they have had a private lesson on the exam work. These can be arranged through individual teachers and cost $25 for a half hour lesson. You can arrange to share a lesson with a friend if you wish to half the cost. It is an advantage to get private lessons well before the exam season as there is more time to improve.

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